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No more drifting

Sunday, December 16, 2012

As I sat here trying to think what to write this morning, I realize that I am looking forward to the new year. Not so much for the fact that it will be a New Year, but because everything will be back to a 'normal' routine after Christmas and I can get back to focusing on 'me'. I'm afraid to say that my health has not been a priority the last few months. Totally my own fault. I haven't been eating well and I'm only getting a minimum of exercise by walking, probably just 4-5 times a week for a half hour each. That doesn't cut it when I'm trying to lose weight and does nothing for toning up this old body of mine, which seems to think it is getting older and wants to sag in all the wrong places, lol!

So, what to do? Easy: just get off your keester, Barb, join a gym, get out of the house, have a purpose, do it first thing in the morning, no excuses. J-U-S-T D-O I-T!!!!!

Well, geez. When I put it that way, what's stopping me?

Just myself. But soon that will be the story of the Way It Was Before and not The Way It Always Is. My kids will be home for Christmas, and we have a big family reunion for my in-law's 60th Wedding Anniversary, so there is a lot going on for the next two weeks. I'm not going to put any pressure on myself right now, but I will eat sensibly and continue to get my walks in. But, once my son goes back to school, here is my plan:

Set a Goal: I have a golfing vacation coming up March 2 in sunny Arizona. That gives me two months to really improve myself physically. So, my goal is to lose 12 pounds by March 1.

Set two goals: Exercise each and every day! No excuses. Do it first thing in the morning. Pencil it in like an appointment. Investigate hiring a personal trainer to help me stay on track.

Set three goals: track my food. Time to get back to the basics, and food tracking has gone by the wayside, too. Along with drinking water. Why aren't I drinking water any more? Because I drink too much coffee. Stop it, Barb. For crying out loud, you know all this stuff - just be kind to yourself and do yourself a favor - you'll feel much better for it, I'm certain!

Set four goals: Sleep longer. I can only sleep about 5 hours and force myself to stay in bed for six hours. That is not enough and yet I'm having a really hard time otherwise. Perhaps if I ramp up the exercise, it will help my sleep. Which will help my weight loss. Which will improve my attitude. Which will be appreciated by everyone around me! Domino effect in action.

Set five goals: Believe these actions will make a difference. I look at friends I have made here on SP and watch the ones that have lost weight and kept it off, and there is one very common thread that runs amongst them: they believed that what they were doing would pay off. So they just kept plugging away at it. I tend to plug away for awhile, and then start drifting away.

So, no more drifting for me. My path is set. I have a plan. I have enthusiasm. My body is ready. My mind is ready. And I can already see that I will need to buy some new golf shorts come vacation time! Oh - that would be exciting for me - super exciting. emoticon

Thanks for staying clear to the end to listen to my ramblings here. But it does help to put thoughts into print, see them right there in black and white. I can do this! I'd love to hear your ramblings for the new year, too!
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    We just need to be accountable for ourselves and to take care of our bodies. I am like you this year, not taking care of myself. I've had other things on my mind, like finding a job, and now that I will be starting one soon, it takes some of the pressure off of me. I hope that will then give me a better mindset for the future. I am going to pack my lunches, like I have before, but this time make them healthy lunches and cut out the drive-thrus. I am hoping that I will be able to take part of my lunch break and do some walking around the parking lot at my new job. I am just so happy to get this job after not working for 9 months.
    1890 days ago
    We need to see your smiling face here more often. I like your goals! emoticon
    1891 days ago
    Sounds Great! I will be joining in as I have joined "The Biggest Loser" competition starting in January. It is sponsored by the chamber of commerce and Gold's Gym and I'm on a team of six. Its either do or die in this instance for me. Good luck!
    1892 days ago
    Excellent goals you can do it.Spare some sparking time to kick me in the behind too please ! I need to get back to basics !
    1893 days ago
    Those are great goals!! I expect to see an update mid-January to see how you're doing.
    1893 days ago
    Good luck Barb, you can totally do it!
    1893 days ago
    You can do it!!! go Barb emoticon
    1894 days ago
    Your blog is spot on! You are an inspiration to me - I need to set similar goals myself! Should we resurrect our Spark Team?
    1894 days ago
    I loved your blog. It inspires me to write down my goals as well. emoticon
    1894 days ago
    I love your goal! You are very specific in what you want. Go get it!
    1894 days ago
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